Hemnagar Zamindar bari – The Angel House

screenshot_425Despite of having every possible thing to be a promising tourist attraction of Bangladesh, Hemnagar Zamindarbari failed to gather the attraction of tourist. Even many Bangladeshi people didn’t know about this zamindarbari. However, this beautiful edifice is situated in Hemnagar of Gopalpur Upazila in Tangail District. It is near about 10 kilometres from Gopalpur and about 135 kilometres from Dhaka. Hemnagar Zamindarbari is most popular as ‘Angel House’.

The Angel House was constructed by Hemchandra Chowdhury, a hindu businessman and property developer in 1890. After constructing Hemnagar Shashimukhi English High School after his mother’s name, this prominent businessman become the incumbent landlord of the region in 1900. By nature he was a rude and cruel who used to torture his peasants for very reasons, that’s why he had to escape early from the region during separation of country. The main building of the palace is currently used as the administrative office of Hemnagar Degree College. The mansion also houses Hemnagar Shashimukhi English High School in one of its buildings.

The best attraction of this grand manor is its luxurious façade. The walls, edges, pillars and even the archways are thoroughly ornated with broken pieces of glasses, procelains and potteries that flourished flowres, vases, stars, vines and many more. The frontage artwork of the mansion resembles about ‘The Star Mosque’ of Old Dhaka. At the top of the main frontage there are two small sculptures of angels inside a motif, that’s why the house become popular to the local redents as ‘Parir Dalan’(Angel House). There are approximately 25 rooms inside the palace. All the rooms are facing an inner courtyard next to a discontinuous corridor. Once the entire palace compound had seven large ponds but right now only few left.

Just like most of the Landlord palaces Hemnagar Zamindarbari is also endangered. The Government of Bangladesh should take immediate steps through the Department of Archaeology to preserve this palace because once if it will be devastated it will gone forever.

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